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After the Kasparov versus Deep Blue 1996 match, which was won with a score of 4–2 by Garry Kasparov, a rematch was agreed. It took place in New York City, New York, May 1997, and to a big surprise for most spectators Deep Blue won the rematch by 3½-2½ [1]. Despite Kasparov's win of game 1 in a great style, he did not recover after the shock by Deep Blues' play in game 2, when Kasparov resigned a possibly drawn position after Deep Blue's 45. Ra6 [2] [3] [4]. In the final decisive game 6, Kasparov seemed rather indisposed and blundered in the early opening by confusing the order of moves in the Caro-Kann with 7...h6 instead of 7...Bd6, 8...h6 [5].

With hindsight the match was a huge advertisement and media hype for IBM rather than a "scientific" prove of machines supremacy versus humans in chess. Kasparov accused IBM of cheating and demanded a rematch [6], but IBM declined and retired Deep Blue. It never competed again.

The Machine

In 2013, Donmar Warehouse announced a new international collaboration with Manchester International Festival and Park Avenue Armory, New York. To be performed in Manchester, July, 10-21 [7], and New York City, September 4-18 [8], Josie Rourke directs award-winning playwright Matt Charman’s play [9], THE MACHINE [10].
Kenneth Lee as FengHsiung Hsu in The Machine Photo by Helen Maybanks 7.jpg
Kenneth Lee [11] as Feng-hsiung Hsu [12]

Hadley Fraser as Garry Kasparov [13] [14]
In 1997, Garry Kasparov, the world’s greatest chess player, arrived in New York City for the biggest match of his life. His opponent wasn’t a fellow Grandmaster but a faceless super-computer, Deep Blue, built by tech-giant IBM in a bid to raise its profile and its stock price. An international celebrity and the undisputed master of his art, Kasparov came to America for freedom and glory. What he didn’t expect to confront was the lifelong dedication of another man, Deep Blue’s wunderkind inventor Doctor Hsu. Both geniuses, they staked their reputation on the tournament. What followed was one of the most compelling stories of our time [15] [16].


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  1. ^ IBM research: Games, pgn and logs
  2. ^ Komodo 8: Deep Blue revisited (part one) by Albert Silver, ChessBase News, December 26, 2014
  3. ^ Kasparov - Deep Blue 1997: History gets it wrong! by FirebrandX, July 21, 2010, Chess.com
  4. ^ Kasparov-Deep Thought 1997 (second game) by Franco Kanizsa, CCC, July 16, 2017
  5. ^ Deep Blue versus Kasparov, 1997, Game 6 - Wikipedia
  6. ^ The Week in Chess Magazine: Open Letter from Feng-hsiung Hsu
  7. ^ The Machine Starring Hadley Fraser and Francesca AnnisWritten by Matt Charman, directed by Josie Rourke
  8. ^ The Machine : Program & Events : Park Avenue Armory
  9. ^ Manchester International Festival 2013 | Q&A Matt Charman | The Guardian, May 24, 2013
  10. ^ The Machine by Harvey Williamson, Hiarcs Forum, May 11, 2013
  11. ^ Kenneth Lee from Arkansas Repertory Theatre
  12. ^ Photo by Helen Maybanks, The Machine - New York - Donmar Warehouse
  13. ^ Photo by Helen Maybanks, The Machine - New York - Donmar Warehouse
  14. ^ Re: The Machine by Harvey Williamson, Hiarcs Forum, July 22, 2013
  15. ^ The Machine - New York - Donmar Warehouse
  16. ^ The Machine
  17. ^ Kasparov says he has new book on DeepBlue and AI coming out by BB+, OpenChess Forum, February 04, 2017
  18. ^ Techmate by Garry Kasparov, February 22, 1999, Forbes.com
  19. ^ Strategic Intensity - A Conversation with World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov by Diane L. Coutu, Harvard Business Review, April 2005
  20. ^ 20 years ago, a computer first beat a chess world champion - 1996-1997 The Kasparov-Deep Blue chess matches by Alex Q. Arbuckle, February 10, 2016
  21. ^ 20 Years after Deep Blue: How AI Has Advanced Since Conquering Chess by Larry Greenemeier, Scientific American, June 2, 2017
  22. ^ "Techmate" by Garry Kasparov by José Antônio Fabiano Mendes, CCC, May 02, 2000
  23. ^ Komodo 8: Deep Blue revisited (1/2) by Graham Banks, CCC, December 27, 2014
  24. ^ New Pictures from Kasparov vs. Deep Blue by Steve Maughan, CCC, February 10, 2016
  25. ^ Scientific American article on Computer Chess by Mark Lefler, CCC, June 03, 2017

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